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Fête Set: Jovani ruched liquid jersey dress with sheer embroidered tulle details, $625 at Berlin’s for Women; vintage emerald and diamond earrings, $5,800 at Joint Venture; David Yurman sterling silver and pavé diamond cushion chiclet bracelet, $3,700 at REEDS Jewelers; Alwand Vahan sterling silver, 14K gold, and diamond bracelets: $1,595, $1,460, and $1,425, all at Croghan’s Jewel Box; David Yurman Albion ring, sterling silver with faceted hematite and pavé diamonds, $1,600 at REEDS Jewelers. 76

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Precious Metals: Jovani gown with copper- and matte black-sequined corset and triple layer black sequined skirt and train, $1,500 at Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant; “Bamboo” 18K gold-plate ring with smoky topaz, $295, and “Madison” 18K gold-plate ring with cushion-cut smoky topaz, $325, both at Van H. Designs; 14K gold cuff with 25-ct. citrine and 1-ct. diamond, $5,625 at Croghan’s Jewel Box.


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Baubles in Bloom: Tadashi Shoji silk gown with pleated top, skirt of appliqué silk flowers, and silk belt, $808, and Melanie Auld “Sylvia” gold chandelier earrings with diamonds and amethysts, $310, both at Anne’s; “Cleon” 18K gold and diamond necklace, $12,990 at Skatell’s; Christian Louboutin “Bibi” glitter platform pumps from the “Classique” collection, $795 at Bob Ellis Shoes. s e p t e m b e r 2 0 11

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Sheared Genius: (OPPOSITE) Hervé Léger rayon foil metallic dress, $1,450 at Biton; poly-mohair cardigan with keyhole shoulders by Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer Competition: East winner Charlotte Hess, $589 at isobel & cleo; Alexis Bittar spring fern fossilbead necklace with multi-stone brooch and gold chain, $600 at Croghan’s Jewel Box; vintage 18K yellow gold and diamond-studded bracelet, $6,900, and vintage 18K yellow gold bracelet with two onyx Roman intaglios, $5,900, both at Joint Venture; 14K gold ring with citrine, blue topaz, and green amethyst, $2,025 at Croghan’s Jewel Box; Giuseppe Zanotti “Vernice” nude patent leather platform slingbacks, $595 at Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant. Gold Standard: “Birdie” silk tunic by Tucker, $315 at Hampden Clothing; Dries Van Noten gold and black brocade jacket, price upon request at RTW; 14K gold earrings with grey mother-of-pearl, $1,870 at Croghan’s Jewel Box; ribbon, stylist’s own; vintage 14K gold and smoky quartz brooch, $1,500 at Joint Venture; Matthew Campbell Laurenza sterling bangles with yellow sapphire and small citrine, $2,050, yellow sapphire, $1,700, and orange sapphire and large citrine, $1,835, all at Paulo Geiss & Sons; Suzi Roher gold chain and leather belt, $485 at Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant.










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Finery Redefined  

Some of the best new finer fashions in Charleston